The prominently bearded Naz Osmanoglu bristles with confidence. Not only is he a long-standing Fringe favourite as a member of sketch trio WitTank, but he is also the nineteenth person in line to the Ottoman throne. In his brilliant debut solo hour, Naz, half repressed Englishman and half passionate Turk, ruminates on masculine idealism and bipolar identity – the confusing juxtaposition of being as likely to open the door courteously for a woman as spear the infidel in bloodthirsty conflict. The rapturous audience frequently erupt into applause during this masterfully structured performance, and I’d be disappointed if Osmanoglu wasn’t nominated for “Best Newcomer” in a fortnight’s time. Forget Suleiman – it’s Naz who is truly magnificent.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 3 – 29 Aug, 9.15pm (10.15pm), £7.00 – £9.50, fpp124.
tw rating 5/5